Eyes have never worked as hard as they do today, with constant screen time leaving them never able to rest.

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So we all need to take care of our eyes, which is why the medical director of Centre for Sight, Sheraz Daya, the eye surgeon who restored Katie Piper’s eye sight with corneal stem cell transplantation, has shared these tips on how to keep your eyes healthy.

1. Eat a healthy diet – Vitamins A, C, E and minerals like copper and zinc are essential to eyesight. Current research shows that consuming yellow and green vegetables can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

2. Sleep – It’s essential for eye health, sleep allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover.

3. Stop smoking – It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration.

4. Wear sunglasses – Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s UV Rays, too much UV exposure boosts your chances of sun and macular degeneration.

5. Look away from the screen – Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and close your eyes for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.

6. Remove eye make-up every night – This prevents any make up from going into your eye and possibly scratching your cornea.

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7. Exercise – it improves blood circulation, which, in turn, improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins.

8. Have regular eye exams – these become more important when you reach your 50s. You want to be certain that no problems are beginning to develop and certain medications can affect your vision and eye health, so it’s important to tell your doctor about all of your medications.

9. Avoid dry air – aim your car vents down at your feet rather than at your face, air conditioning takes the moisture out of your eyes which can lead to serious dryness.